Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Operation Liberation: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $750 Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant was used for double enucleation surgery for Joey, one of our adoptable felines. The procedure was successfully performed on Sept. 6, 2021. Joey went in for his post-operative checkup and suture-removal today, Sept. 28. The ophthalmologists cleared him for adoption given the wonderful success of his surgery. Joey is happier and healthier as a result of the generosity provided by the Petfinder Foundation’s 2021 Emergency Medical Grant.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Operation Liberation is incredibly grateful for the financial support of the Petfinder Foundation’s Emergency Medical Grant. Our organization takes in many animals with urgent medical needs each year. As a result, our veterinary bills are ever mounting, often making it difficult to fundraise for potentially lifesaving surgeries.

This grant allowed us the ability to get Joey the surgery he needed to live a long, happy, healthy life, without stressing about raising the money required for his costly procedure.

We have seen a clear improvement in Joey’s overall wellbeing, playfulness, and demeanor since his operation. We look forward to seeing Joey continue to thrive now that he is no longer dealing with painful, reoccurring eye infections. He is now one step closer to finding his forever home!

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Joey was found as a stray in Miami when he was about 6 weeks old. When he came into our care, he was emaciated, infested with fleas and intestinal parasites, anemic, and had an upper-respiratory infection. He also suffered from severe trauma to both of his eyes.

With urgent medical intervention and lots of TLC, our tiny Joey improved dramatically. However, the trauma to his eyes was so severe that it rendered him blind. The condition of his eyes was so poor that they would cause him reoccurring, painful infections.

Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation Emergency Medical Grant, Joey recently underwent a successful double-enucleation procedure to remove his severely damaged, non-visual eyes. He is now two weeks post-op and is doing great.

Since undergoing surgery, Joey seems to be much more comfortable. He plays, snuggles, and enjoys life just like any other kitty. Joey is now ready to find a forever home of his own! You can meet Joey here.

The Kauai Humane Society: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We were able to purchase a bathing station to improve our animal-care program, especially in regards to our Field Trip program.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We removed our old tub that had rust holes and was ill-suited for so many large dogs, and were able to put the new one in its place and immediately put it to use! Some of our larger dogs who are too heavy to safely lift and had to be bathed outside were able to use the tub, making bath time much more efficient and effective. We saw a rapid decline in the number of skin issues from sand and salt-water irritation, as well as an increased bath-time enjoyment from several of our dogs. The staff is also very pleased with the ease of using the new tub, as are our volunteers.

How many pets did this grant help?

58

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Elinor came to us filthy, underweight, and very shy. She wouldn’t let us come anywhere near her to try to brush her or even consider lifting her up to try bathing her. After a few days, she finally started to trust some of our staff members and they were able to brush out some of her fur, but that just showed some of her skin issues.

A few days later (within two weeks of her arrival) we were finally able to entice her into the new tub with some tasty treats and lots of verbal praise, and she got her first bath in a very long time. We were all pleasantly surprised to see her white fur and pink skin under all of that dirt!

Once she was clean, her personality emerged and she quickly became a staff favorite, running and engaging as much as possible. Her photos enticed one of our mainland shelter partners to request her for a transfer and she was able to quickly find her new home once there.

Middleburg Humane Foundation: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the $1,000 grant to purchase 14 Kuranda dog beds.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Our dog kennels are concrete, so the floor isn’t comfortable to lie on. Kuranda beds are great for shelter dogs, because they keep them off the hard floor. In addition, the beds can be cleaned and disinfected right in the kennels. Their material is also difficult to damage, so stressed-out shelter dogs can’t easily destroy the beds.

How many pets did this grant help?

14 to start, plus the untold number of dogs who will use the beds as the others get adopted.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We rescued two bonded Beagles from euthanasia in another shelter. When they came to us, the sisters were unsure of their surroundings and always huddled together in the corner of their kennel. After staff gave them a Kuranda bed, Lita and Lola started to relax and come out of their shells. They are well-adjusted and social pups now, but hanging out on their Kuranda bed together is still their favorite “activity.” You can meet Lita and Lola here.

Wag On Inn Rescue: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase enrichment items for dogs in foster care.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Enrichment items help our dogs stay happy and healthy while they wait to find their forever homes. They are especially helpful for our younger, high-energy dogs.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Woody is a young male pointer mix who has been in foster care for almost five months now. He still has a lot of puppy energy and barks and jumps on people, which has turned away many potential adopters. The Orvis Animal Care Grant has enabled us to purchase enrichment items to redirect his energy in a more positive way. He’s a very smart dog and loves to learn. He now knows sit, down, stay, touch, and look at me. You can meet Woody here.

Kansas Humane Society: Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 awarded to KHS through this grant allowed us to send two of our animal-assessments staffers to attend the Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program. The knowledge gained was brought back to our shelter to implement and improve dog playgroups.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The experience brought back by the two assessments staffers who attended the mentorship program allowed for KHS to better understand dog social behaviors in group settings and safely implement dog playgroups. This enrichment is vital for dogs’ socialization and mental and physical well-being while in the shelter setting. Thanks to this knowledge, the dogs in our care get to experience the benefit from playgroups on a daily and weekly basis. This increases the adoptability of these dogs, improving their chances of successfully finding their new forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

After planning and preparing, an estimated 15-20 dogs per day experience playgroups. We strive to provide playgroups daily.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Belle (first photo), formerly known as Jezebel, was surrendered by her owners, who could no longer care for her, earlier this month. This was her second time being surrendered to our shelter. While she was in our care, Belle participated in doggy playgroups run by our assessments staff (second photo).

This enrichment opportunity allowed Belle to socialize with multiple dogs and staffers, engage in normal dog-to-dog interactions, alleviate stress, and receive positive mental and social stimulation.

Belle was adopted, but unfortunately, due to concerns with her behavior towards other dogs in the home, she was quickly returned. Assessments staff brought her back into the doggy playgroups upon her surrender to KHS to assess her behavior.

Thanks to the training from the Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program, staff had the skills, knowledge, and confidence to observe, recognize, and evaluate Belle’s behavior towards other dogs and make proper recommendations moving forward.

She has since been adopted into her new, and hopefully final, forever home. We truly believe that the doggy playgroups made a positive and lasting impact on Belle’s behavior and stay during her time at KHS.

Arizona Humane Society: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Arizona Humane Society (AHS) used this gift to help underwrite a portion of the staffing expenses AHS incurred while deployed at the Telegraph and Mescal Fires in eastern Arizona from June 6-13.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

While AHS was deployed to the Telegraph and Mescal Fires, our Disaster Response Team cared for 100 owned pets in the field, 86 of whom were reunited with their loving families and 14 of whom were surrendered to our shelter. During this natural disaster, AHS’s Disaster Response Team was deployed for a week – the longest deployment since the team’s inception. This grant helped our organization by underwriting a portion of the staffing expenses we incurred while 28 staff members were deployed.

How many pets did this grant help?

100

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Bailey, a 4-year-old Queensland heeler/collie mix, and her seven newborn puppies were surrendered to AHS during our deployment to the Telegraph and Mescal Fires. Upon intake, Bailey and her puppies were quickly placed with one of our Foster Heroes. Unfortunately, Bailey displayed behavioral issues with her foster parent and returned to the shelter with her puppies.

From there, Bailey and her seven puppies stayed in AHS’ Mutternity Suite and spent time with our Behavior Team to ensure Bailey could find a forever home after weaning her puppies. During their time in the shelter, Bailey and all seven of her puppies showed no signs of behavioral issues and entered AHS’ adoption floor after being vaccinated and sterilized. Within a matter of days, Bailey and all seven puppies had found their forever homes!

Agape Animal Rescue: KONG Toy Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The products were used to provide enrichment toys and tools for dogs in our signature foster and adoption program. Additionally, the products were also given out to pet-owning families who attended Agape’s Community Canine Coaching Classes.

These are classes ranging from one-day to 4-week that offer basic behavioral training to prevent intake, and are offered on a low-/no-cost basis to people from underserved communities who may be at higher risk of surrendering their pet due to behavioral issues.

Enrichment activities are an important part of the curriculum. As some families were attending on a scholarship, we provided the KONG enrichment tools to them at no cost and to help provide enrichment and stimulation for their pets at home.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This product grant helps dogs who are new to the program and overcoming social, medical, and behavioral issues during foster care, for which enrichment is helpful in providing decompression and destressing activities. We are able to provide these products to our foster families at no cost.

In addition, in our Community Canine Coaching Program, we were able to provide these enrichment toys and treats to families who otherwise may not be able to afford them to assist them in their behavioral training and efforts to move towards responsible pet ownership.

How many pets did this grant help?

30

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Dottie was adopted as a puppy from Agape’s foster and adoption program after she was dumped at Metro Animal Care and Control alongside her seven littermates at just 4 weeks old without their mother. She is pictured in the first photo on her adoption day with her canine big sister, Doris.

Dottie was adopted quickly, but has needed additional support post-adoption due to neurological issues, anxiety, and other common behavioral issues that did not resolve as she grew out of puppyhood.

Dottie participated in Agape’s four-week Community Canine Coaching Program to learn basic behavioral training and to socialize with other dogs, and in doing so her owner learned more about the benefits of enrichment.

Since receiving a KONG toy (second and third photos), Dottie has benefitted from the mental stimulation and opportunity to engage in natural behaviors at home (Doris has as well). These items have made a great difference in both the pups’ and their owners’ quality of life, and Dottie has remained happily in the home.

Cache Humane Society: Capital Improvement Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The metal ceiling in our 3,000-square-foot Bow Wow Boulevard wasn’t designed to keep our dogs cozy and comfortable through northern Utah’s cold winters and hot summers. The barking contributed to anxiety and our adopters’ experiences were often stressful.

Support from the Petfinder Foundation allowed us to install an insulated, sound-absorbing ceiling below the cold, hard metal roof.

Our dogs have already noticed a difference; barking and stress have been significantly reduced. Our adopters are noticing that Bow Wow Boulevard is still a great place to come look at dogs, even as the temperatures outside drop.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Support from the Petfinder Foundation helped us improve our aging shelter to provide a healthier and happier stay for our shelter pets. The new ceiling in Bow Wow Boulevard replaces the original metal ceiling that was hot in summer and cold in winter. The metal reflected noise and contributed to shelter stress and an unpleasant adopter experience.

Our new ceiling provides insulation, sound absorption, and a better experience for shelter pets and people.

How many pets did this grant help?

2,000

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Daisy is jumping for joy in her new and improved temporary home. As one of our longer-staying residents, we want her time with us to be safe and fun. She gets daily walks around our play yard, social time with her fellow canines, and now she comes back to her bed and toys in a warmer, quieter kennel. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!
Learn more about Daisy here.

Indiana County Humane Society: Bar Dog Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Indiana County Humane Society used the money from the Bar Dog Grant for vet trips, medications, and special dog food.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped us provide our dogs with the special foods they need for their diets. We have many dogs in our facility who need to be on specific food just for them, and this grant helped us pay for that. We also had a couple dogs who needed to go to the vet and get medications for issues they were having, such as medications and steroids for skin issues. This grant helped our dogs so much and we are so grateful to have gotten approved.

How many pets did this grant help?

It helped all our dogs, but it really helped two of them the most.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Jed (first four photos) came to ICHS as an owner surrender in June. When Jed arrived, he was severely overweight and in great pain from being overweight. He weighed around 140 lbs. He could barley walk; he would walk for a few minutes and then need to sit or lie down to catch his breath.

Jed has had to make several trips to the vet for his weight. They put him on a special food and a weight-loss plan. ICHS noticed one day that Jed was acting unlike himself, so we rushed him to the animal hospital, where we found out that Jed had a bunch of rocks in his stomach.

The vet gave Jed something to see if he would pass the rocks on his own before deciding whether he needed to have surgery. Thankfully, the medication worked and Jed passed the stones on his own. After Jed recovered from the stones, we got him back on his weight-loss plan and he is down 30 lbs.!

Jed now weighs around 110 lbs. and is running and playing in the pool every chance he can get. Jed is still with us for the time being.

Fronz (bottom two photos) came to ICHS as a stray. Fronz was a mess: He had a horrible skin condition and an infection in one eye. Fronz was also so scared when he came to us, he did not want anyone to touch him or come near him.

It took ICHS some time to get Fronz comfortable with us. We took him to the vet and he needed drops for his eye infection and an antibiotic. They also put him on medication for his skin along with a steroid.

Fronz was incredibly thankful when he finally started feeling better. Once he was finished with his medications and all healed up, he became available for adoption and got adopted in a week! Fronz’s new owner has contacted us to keep us updated on his progress and she has said that Fronz is a completely different dog and is such a happy guy.

Pearl River County SPCA: Disaster Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Fixing of structural damage, electrical damage, and fans.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped pets in our care by enabling us to fix the fans in our outback kennels. In our location, summer months can be very hot. The fans in our outback kennels help the outdoor dogs get some relief. The repair of structural damage ensured that we had no leaks in our cat and kitten rooms.

How many pets did this grant help?

336

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Lucky is a 10-year-old treeing Walker coonhound in our care. He has been here well over 130 days. Lucky is in an outdoor kennel. It is very hot in our area in the summer months. Thanks to this grant, the fans above Lucky’s kennel are in full effect! You can meet Lucky here.